ISIS Appears To Be Losing The Battle For Mosul

Glen Mclaughlin
July 6, 2017

Reaching the Tigris would give Iraqi forces full control over the city and is expected by the end of this week.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over ISIS's so-called caliphate in Iraq after troops captured the city's destroyed Grand al-Nuri Mosque. One soldier was injured and several others wounded the Associated Press reported. Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Hundreds of civilians fled Mosul's Old City on Friday as Iraqi forces slowly squeezed the last pockets of Daesh resistance, and the United Nations warned that the "intense and concentrated" fighting put innocent lives in even greater danger. Probably. But this should be said with the proviso that ideological currents take time to fully abate even when the organisational structures that prop them up are dismantled.

Sergeant Ali Hussein said using female suicide bombers appeared to be a favored new tactic by ISIS.

Chahed Omar, a young 20 year-old woman, was said to have lost nine members of his family.

"The presence of civilians has affected the troops' advance a lot".

The military is citing the presence of large numbers of civilians in the last ISIS areas for slowing the advance, but insists they are continuing to make "good" progress, albeit at a pretty slow pace. Instead, they sought approval for artillery strikes.

There are approximately 300 militants still fighting in the Old City district, and the terror group still holds territory on the west side of the Tigris River, according to The Independent.

After days of fierce battles, the territory held by the militants in Mosul is rapidly shrinking, with IS now controlling just over 1 square kilometer in all, or about 0.40 square miles.

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Islamic State militants swiftly overran Mosul in 2014.

The population of Mosul has endured huge suffering in the war to take the northern Iraqi city back from Islamic State and trauma cases among civilians are sharply rising in the last stages of battle, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday.

The army's 16th Infantry Division freed the areas of Khatoniyah, Tuwalib and Ra's al-Kour after defeating the IS defensive lines, leaving 67 IS militants killed, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement.

But as the battle rages on, the impact on the civilians left behind, is becoming clearer.

Fadil explained the reason for their caution. "They explode themselves", he said.

Analysts expect the organisation to morph into a full-blown insurgency across the two countries, mounting sleeper cell assaults and suicide bombings in areas declared liberated from its rule to provoke continued unrest.

A soldier kicked in a door, shouted a warning and threw two grenades into the front room. At least one of the five was arrested.

The camp in Iraq's western Anbar province, known as "kilo 60", houses people forced out of Sunni areas controlled by ISIL in the Euphrates river valley, the security sources said.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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